Adam Bede: 150th Anniversary Edition

Adam Bede: 150th Anniversary Edition

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Adam Bede: 150th Anniversary Edition by George Eliot

Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, whose only delights are her baubles-and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand. Betrayed by their innocence, both Adam and Hetty allow their foolish hearts to trap them in a triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451529428
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/23/2004
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 656,218
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans Cross) was born on November 22, 1819 at Arbury Farm, Warwickshire, England. She received an ordinary education and, upon leaving school at the age of sixteen, embarked on a program of independent study to further her intellectual growth. In 1841 she moved with her father to Coventry, where the influences of “skeptics and rationalists” swayed her from an intense religious devoutness to an eventual break with the church. The death of her father in 1849 left her with a small legacy and the freedom to pursue her literary inclinations. In 1851 she became the assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a position she held for three years. In 1854 came the fated meeting with George Henry Lewes, the gifted editor of The Leader, who was to become her adviser and companion for the next twenty-four years. Her first book, Scenes of a Clerical Life (1858), was followed by Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), and Middlemarch (1872). The death of Lewes, in 1878, left her stricken and lonely. On May 6, 1880, she married John Cross, a friend of long standing, and after a brief illness she died on December 22 of that year, in London.

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Adam Bede: 150th Anniversary Edition 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lindacLA More than 1 year ago
I just read this book for a class - "Study in the Victorian Novel" and I really enjoyed it. I put it down once or twice after reading twenty pages or so, thinking I didn't really want to read it. However, after I got through the first two-hundred pages I couldn't put it down. I love the women characters - Hetty and Dinah. As a matter of fact I'm not sure why this book was titled "Adam Bede". It's definitely worth the effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a far cry from George Eliot's better novels like Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss and Daniel Deronda. This book contains none of the interesting, complex characters that grace her other works. The characters in this work come off as flat, simplistic and just plain dull. There's the flawless, goodie-goodie Methodist preacher girl, the vulnerable, thoughtless slut, and of course the always-right Adam Bede, who is the most boring character of all. The plot moves very slowly and it is fairly predictable. It didn't strike me as very original either, it reminded me of the lesser aclaimed works of Trollope and Elizabeth Gaskell. Any action in the novel came off as predictable and melodramatic. I would suggest picking up one of her better novels, like The Mill on the Floss or Middlemarch.
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